It's very common for mammogram appointments to dramatically increase through out and immediately following national breast cancer awareness month. For most women this is the one time of the year when we can take advantage of low cost and even free cancer detection procedures. Consequently we apprehensively flock to a local women's clinic or diagnostic testing center to have a mammogram performed because we know this procedure can reveal early signs or even definitive evidence of a breast mass.
What You Should Know About Defective Mammogram Machines
So there's no wonder that with today's mammogram technology we rely heavily on this early detection method to offer the answer to our most dreaded question. How does a woman deal with being told she may have cancer or has to undergo this painful procedure again because of a defective mammogram machine? Believe it or not defective mammogram machine incidents are more common than we realize!
It is without question one of the most disheartening feelings for a woman is to be told she has a breast mass that could be cancerous. It's a feeling of the air being sucked out of your lungs and your heart dropping to your feet. So I've been told. But what's even more distressing is the alarming number of women who receive this diagnosis based off of false mammogram readings.
According to national statistics at least 25,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Of the 25,000 reported cases 4,000 result is death, which is why early detection is critical is to a woman's survival. What's even more alarming is the fact that 8% of the women who undergo a mammogram are later informed their results are inaccurate. And it gets worse because 5% of these inaccurate readings are diagnosed via free or low cost women's health care clinics and/or diagnostic centers.
According to physicians the reason for the alarmingly high percentage rate of inaccurate readings is attributed to defective mammogram machines and/or the diagnostic procedure itself. And while the Medical and Cancer Associations are working diligently to reduce the number of defective diagnostic machines there's no way of effectively eliminate the chances of a false mammogram reading as a result. So how do we protect ourselves from undo stress and strain over a false mammogram reading? We simply follow a few precautionary procedures and investigative measures recommended to reduce your individual chances of being told you don't have mass and you do or the other way around.
- Before scheduling an appointment for a free or low cost mammogram check with the national medical device recall sites and consumer affairs for a list of defective mammogram machines and clinics with the highest rate of inaccurate readings. Then ask the clinic or radiology center what type of mammogram machines they use to cross reference your findings.
- Research the standard mammogram procedures and locate the best way to prepare for a mammogram. This will help you avoid doing something the night before or day of the mammogram that could throw off your readings.
Above all else research information online and off on mammogram testing and the clinic or medical facility you use. Remember to ask questions and don't be afraid to question the procedure or even request a second opinion if you feel there may be a problem.